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Jongens Amicus Letter

Jongens Amicus Letter

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Published by Mark Dierolf
Amicus Curiae letter in Support of Plaintiffs from Johan Jongens. Added to the record on appeal for Vargas Fee issue in 2012 by the California Supreme Court.

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Amicus Curiae letter in Support of Plaintiffs from Johan Jongens. Added to the record on appeal for Vargas Fee issue in 2012 by the California Supreme Court.

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JohanJongensSalinas,CA
March12,2006ChiefJusticeRonaldM.GeorgeandAssociateJusticesoftheCaliforniaSupremeCourt
350
McAllisterSt.SanFrancisco,CA94102Re:StatementinSupportofthePetitionforReview
Vargasv.City
of
Salinas,
No.
S140911
YourHonors:IamwritinginsupportofthePetitionforReviewoftherecentSixthAppellateCourtDistrictdecisionon
Vargas
v.
City
of
Salinas.
Iamespeciallyconcernedwithhowthe
Vargas
decisionwillaffecttheelectiononaninitiativethatIhelpedqualifyfortheballot:~MontereyCountyQualityofLife,AffordableHousing,andVoterControlInitiative."Thisinitiativeaddressesconcernstoavoidurbansprawl,trafficgridlock,andtheerosionofqualityoflife.AsIunderstandit,the
Vargas
decisionallowstheCountytocampaignagainsttheinitiativeusingcountyfundssolongastheyavoidexpresslytellingpeoplehowtovote.OpponentsoftheinitiativehavethesupportoftheCountyboardofsupervisors.Withtheboard'ssupporttheyareusinglitigationtodelayavoteonthisinitiativetogainmoretimeforadualcampaigntotryanddefeatit.OnecampaignwillbemanagedandfinancedoutsideofCountygovernmentandexpresslyaskspeopleto~voteno,"whiletheothercampaignwillbemanagedbyCountygovernmentattaxpayers'expenseandwilladvocateanegative,biasedopinionoftheinitiativewithouttellingpeoplehowtovote.Countygovernmentshouldn'tspendpublicfundstoadvocateabiasforasideinanelection,it'snotfairbutI'mtoldthatit'sOKundertheappellatecourtdecisionin
Vargas
andthatanyonewhochallenges
the
legalityofthisarrangementwillbe"SLAPP"eddownbyCountygovernment.
 
Toillustratewhat
I
mean,firstreadthefollowingballot"argumentsagainst"and"rebuttaltoargumentsfor"asimilarinitiative'votedoninSonomaCountyinNovember2000thatcontainedwordsofexpressadvocacyandwouldnotbeallowedunder
Vargas:
~A_r~g~u_m_e_n_t_s_A~g~a_i_n_st
~11
ILIR_e_b_u_t_t_al_t_o_A_r=g_u_m_e_n_ts_F_o_r
~1
Don'tbefooledbyitsname.MeasureIthreatensSonomaCounty'sagriculturalheritageandcouldworsensprawlandtraffic.MeasureHocks-inexistingusesfor30years,limitingfarmers'abilityto.adjusttochangingagriculturalmarkets,threateningtheirlong-termsurvival.
It
couldevenkeepasonordaughterfrombuildingahomeontheirfamilyfarm,underminingparents'abilitytopassontheirfarmtothenextgeneration.
It
increasesgrowtlipressureson65,000acresdesignatedRuralResidential,whichareexemptfromMeasureI.Thiswillleadtomoreurbansprawlandincreasedurbanlagricultureconfllcts,threateningthefutureoffarming.
It
alsoacceleratesgrowthpressuresinexistingcities,leadingtomorecrowdingandtrafficcongestion.MeasureItakeslocaldecision-makingawayfromruralcommunitiesandgivescorporationsanddevelopersanadvantageoverfamilyfarmsandsmallvineyardsbyshiftingpowertospecialintereststhatcanaffordtheexpenseofcountywidecampaigns.Measure
I
alsoencouragesdeveloperstoavoidEnvironmentalImpactReportsandgodirectlytoelectioncampaignswheretheirmoneycanbuyapprovals.Measure
I
obstructscountyplansfornewyouthsportsfieldsandfamilyparks,wastinglimitedfundsonelectioncampaignsinsteadofcreatingparks.UnlikeNapa'sMeasureJ,wherefarmersandgrowth-controladvocatesworkedtogether,Measure[waswrittenbehindcloseddoors
by
asmallgroupthatrefusedtoconsiderconcernsoffarmersandranchers.TheresultisapoorlywrittenmeasurethatthreatensthecontinuedsurvivalofagricultureinSonomaCounty,andcouldleadtomoresprawlandtrafficcongestion;notless.That'swhythemajoragriculturalorganizationsinSonomaCounty-includingtheFarmBureau,FarmlandsGroup,NorthBayWoolgrowers,WesternUnited"Dairymen,SonomaCountyHorseCouncil,Cattlemen'sAssociation,UnitedWinegrowers,WineriesAssociation,SonomaValleyVintnersandGrowers,andRussianRiverValleyWinegrowers-allurgeyoutovoteNoon
It
SONOMACOUNTYFARMBUREAU,
sl
Richard
J.
Olufs,President
sl
JuliannaMartinelli,President,MartinelliWinery,Inc.RUSSIANRIVERVALLEYWINEGROWERS,
sl
LeeAnnCameronReuter,Secretary
sl
EricKoenigshofer,EnvironmentalAttorneySONOMACOUNTYTAXPAYERSASSOCIATION,slSpencerFlournoy,PresidentBackersofMeasureIattempttohideitsnegativeimpactsbypointingtomotherhood-and-apple-pieissuesweallagreeon.Noneofuswantunplannedgrowthdestroyingourhillsandfields.ButSonomaCountyvotersalreadyhavetheright,underexistinglaw,torejectdevelopmentsthatthreatenourfarmlandandopenspace.NobodylikeswhathappenedaroundSanJose.Butinthe50'sand60's,they
didn't
haveaGeneralPlanandUrbanGrowthBoundariestopreventsprawl,orEnvironmentalImpactrequirements,oranAgriculture/OpenSpaceDistrictlikeSonomaCountyhastoday.Weallsupportour1989GeneralPlan.Butlocking-ineverydetailfor41yearsignoresfarmers'needstoadjusttochangingagriculturalmarkets.Farmersdon'twanturbansprawleatingupdairies,ranchesandvineyardsthatprovidetheirlivelihoodsandtheirfamilies'homes.ButtheyopposeMeasure
I
becauseitthreatenstheirabilitytostayinbusinessandpasstheirlandontotheirchildren.Whyshouldadairyfarmerwith300acresbeforcedtospendtensofthousandsofdollarsonacountywidecampaignjusttosell100acrestoanotherfarmertogrowvegetablesortopassthefarmontohischildren?Byunderminingtheeconomicviabilityofagriculture,Measure]threatensSonomaCounty'Sruralheritage.Measure[isbadforagriculture,wasteshundredsofthousandsoftaxdollarsonunnecessaryelections,andpointlesslyrestrictsnewparks.Viableagricultureandnewparksarenotsprawl.Pleasevote"No"onMeasureI.SONOMACOUNTYFARMLANDSGROUP
sf
ScotStegeman,Exec.Director
sf
TroyL.Bucher,BucherFamilyDairy
sf
BobStone,Director,VlyofMoonBoys
&
GirlsClubSONOMACOUNTYFARMBUREAU,slJudyJames,ExecutiveDirectorSONOMACOUNTYPARKS
&
RECREATIONCOMMISSION,
s!
YanceyForest-Knowles,AdvisoryCommissioner
Now,thefollowingisthesametextasabovebutwithminorchangesthatincludeerasingseveralwordsofexpressadvocacyandmodifyingittolooklikeitwasdistributedbytheCountyofMontereyforanimaginarymeasure(MeasureI).ThisreflectsmaterialthattheCountycoulddistributeunder
Vargas.
 
Withmorefunds,thefollowingcouldalsobeembellishedwithphotographs,diagramsanddrawingsillustratingtheharmfuleffectsthattheopponentscouldarguewouldresult·fromitspassage:
TheMontereyCountyboardofsupervisorshasevaluatedMeasureIanddeterminedthatitspassagewillhavethefollowingconsequencesforCountyresidents:MeasureIlacks-inexistingusesfor30years,limitingfarmers'abilitytoadjusttochangingagriculturalmarkets,threateningtheirlong-termsurvival.Itcouldevenkeepasonordaughterfrombuildingahomeontheirfamilyfarm,underminingparents'abilitytopassontheirfarmtothenextgeneration.Itincreasesgrowthpressureson65,000acresdesignatedRuralResidential,whichareexemptfromMeasure
I.
Thiswillleadtomoreurbansprawlandincreasedurban/agricultureconflicts,threateningthefutureoffarming.Italsoacceleratesgrowthpressuresinexistingcities,leadingtomorecrowdingandtrafficcongestion.MeasureItakeslocaldecision-makingawayfromruralcommunitiesandgivescorporationsanddevelopersanadvantageoverfamilyfarmsandsmallvineyardsbyshiftingpowertospecialintereststhatcanaffordtheexpenseofcountywidecampaigns.MeasureIalsoencouragesdeveloperstoavoidEnvironmentalImpactReportsandgodirectlytoelectioncampaignswheretheirmoneycanbl1}'approvals.MeasureIobstructscountyplansfornewyouthsportsfieldsandfamilyparks,wastinglimitedfundsonelectioncampaignsinsteadofcreatingparks.UnlikeNapa'sMeasure
J,
wherefarmersandgrowth-controladvocatesworkedtogether,MeasureIwaswrittenbehindcloseddoorsbyasmallgroupthatrefusedtoconsiderconcernsoffarmersandranchers.TheresultisapoorlywrittenmeasurethatthreatensthecontinuedsurvivalofagricultureinMontereyCounty,andcouldleadtomoresprawlandtrafficcongestion,notless..That'swhythemajoragriculturalorganizationsinMonterey,County-includingtheFarmBureau,FarmlandsGroup,NorthBayWoolgrowers,WesternUnitedDairymen,MontereyCountyHorseCouncil.Cattlemen'sAssociation,UnitedWinegrowers,WineriesAssociation,MontereyValleyVintnersandGrowers,andRussianRiverValleyWinegrowers-allurge'youtovoteNoonIIBackersofMeasureIattempttohideitsnegativeimpactsbypointing
10
motherhood-and-apple-pieissuesweallagreeon.Noneofuswantunplannedgrowthdestroyingourhillsandfields.ButMontereyCountyvotersalreadyhavetheright,underexistinglaw,torejectdevelopmentsthatthreatenourfarmlandandopenspace.NobodylikeswhathappenedaroundSanJose.Butinthe50'sand60's,theydidn'thaveaGeneralPlanandUrbanGrowthBoundariestopreventsprawl,orEnvironmentalImpactrequirements,oranAgriculture/OpenSpaceDistrictlikeMontereyCountyhastoday.Weallsupportour1989GeneralPlan.Butlocking-ineverydetailfor41yearsignoresfarmers'needstoadjusttoc~angingagriculturalmarkets.Farmersdon'twanturbansprawleatingupdairies,ranchesandvineyardsthatprovidetheirlivelihoodsandtheirfamilies'homes.ButtheyopposeMeasureIbecause
it
threatenstheirabilitytostayinbusinessandpasstheirlandontotheirchildren.Whyshouldadairyfarmerwith300acresbeforcedtospendtensofthousandsofdollarsonacountywidecampaignjusttosell100acrestoanotherfarmertogrowvegetablesortopassthefarmontohischildren?Byunderminingtheeconomicviabilityofagriculture,MeasureIthreatensMontereyCounty'sruralheritage.MeasureIisbadforagriculture,wasteshundredsofthousandsoftaxdollarsonunnecessaryelections,andpointlesslyrestrictsnewparks.Viableagricultureandnewparksarenotsprawl.FormoreinformationontheharmfulconsequencesofMeasureI,seetheCountywebsiteathttp:"www.co.monterey.ca.us/measure-i-infoAPUBLICSERVICEANNOUNCEMENTOFTHECOUNTYOFMONTEREY
Theproponent'softhe"MontereyCountyQualityofLife,AffordableHousing,andVoterControlInitiative"havelimitedfundstospendpromotingitspassage.IftheCountyweretobecomeactivelyinvolved,theproponentswouldbeunabletoeffectivelycompeteintermsoffundstowinvotes.

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